I thought I saw a post the other day about using bags you can get at Dollar Tree or maybe other stores in place of seatsacks. Does anyone know what kind of bags that were being talked about? I need an alternative to Seat Sacks. This is my second go-round with them, and my class was really rough with them. I need something that is not as expensive to replace.
Thanks in advance.
I make my own with canvas or denim. They hang on the back of their chairs and hold their Math book, notebook, and bag of books for independent reading. It keeps the kids from having to get out of their seats. I have had my set for about 10 years and I will be making some new ones this year. If you want details I am willing to share.
No, I don't know. I think it depends on the size of the chair. I am going to use an oversized bath towel to begin with. I am wondering if paying for them already made would be just as cost effective. They sell them on Ebay and other places.
I used pillow cases to make mine...they hold up very well. I just folded them up, leaving the open side as another pocket and sewed side seams- double stitch...I didn't do that the first time! Talking about the dollar bags... are you refering to the ones used for groceries? Like a tote bag?
Once you figure it out, another option for fabric might be a canvas tablecloth. I had a teacher friend who used to get colorful/cheap tablecloths from Target or Marshall's on clearance and then cut them down into equal-sized pieces to work with. They weren't as durable but the kids took them home at the end of the year....it was so cheap she just made a new set each summer. Just an idea!
I used the Wal-Mart bags (the reusable shopping bags) this past year for the first time. They held up pretty well. They were only $0.50 at my Wal-Mart, which was very reasonable for me, since I had 21 students all year. I used them as reading book bags to thier independent leveled reading books, their reading response journal, and reading folder (with reading log). The bags went on the back of thier chairs. I'm not sure if I will use them again because I didn't like how they were so long that they touched the floor. The bags would get really dirty. I'm not sure how often I was supposed to wash them, but that drove me crazy. I also had to replace about half of them at the end of the year because I wanted them to be able to take them home. I did like the fact that they could be decorated very cute. I used felt stickers in cute little designs such as frogs (my classroom theme), monkeys, princess crowns and wands, butterflies, soccer balls, and dinosaurs. I found them at JoAnn's - so each student could put 4 things (one in each corner) on thier bag. I also bought fabric paint, so they could paint thier name in the center of their bag. They came out very cute. So, I think I will use these bags again, but I'll probably try a different company - maybe Targets - I just need them a little shorter and I refuse to try to sew 21 bags. I can't sew and I just don't have that kind of time.
and measure the chair back for width. cut the material and leave room for hemming. I hem he edge all around. The top edge (or bottom?) you hem the opposite way so that when it's folded like a pocket it has the hem on the right side. This sounds confusing. Make one and baste it so you can take it apart. You'll need a size 20 needle for denim.I fold them over on both ends with the part going on the back of the chair bigger for the pocket and the front long enough to stay on the chair, or you can make them the same and they're reverseable. Then sew the edges. It's one long piece that the ends are folded over the opposite way to create the pockets, one to hang on the chair back against the student and one on back for the pocket. Good luck. I have made them for three of my friends, but no, I'm not taking orders. Ha-ha!
How do you keep them from slipping off the chair? First grade chairs are so low to the ground, I can see them staying on the floor most of the time. We have to put chairs on the tables every afternoon. Do the bags create a problem there? Thanks!
I have been out of town but the picture and directions here are what mine are like. They are easy for a beginning sewer. I cut them all out, fold and press and then sew them. Once you get started it really doesn't take that long and it is all just straight sewing....nothing crazy. Have fun!!!